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admitted the deal before he was accused. we will get back to that, but where did you learn to be so -- use your own word if you want -- confrontational, hippie, in writing? -- pithy in writing? where did you learn that? >> you don't learn that. who you are. it comes from someplace that you do not really know, down there somewhere. >> people say that if you don't go to college, you cannot learn how to write. >> you probably cannot learn how to write if you don't read, but reading and college only have an occasional confluence, as you know. a lot of very good writers did not go to college, and a lot of very good american writers, such as mark twain, h.l. mencken, and we could go on. >> you are living where now? >> in maine. >> permanently there? >> yes. year round. >> what part of maine? >> i don't want to get too specific. a flyspeck on the ocean. >> where did you live most of your life? >> i don't know. i moved around a lot. i grew up in new york, and i fear i still have an affection for this city which i cannot explain or apologize for, but i have it. so i suppose new york. >> and you hav
to you about well this weekend, i have to go back to mississippi for a family reunion. >> give us a brief idea of what the book is about? >> the book is about the defection of 6 million african-americans from the south to the north, mid-west to the west. from 1915-1970 when the south began truly to change. >> i went to a movie last weekend. they handed me this as i went in. i'll read it to you. everyday more migrants are coming no the cities to seek a better life for their children. >> i wrote this book thinking of any country. it's a movie about the last train home where they have 150 million migrant that's live in the city each year. i want to talk to you about what you have written in the front of your book by richard wright. >> who was he and why did you pick him? >> richard wright was one of the greatest novelists of the 20 j century. he was a migrant from mississippi to chicago. he was the son of a share cropper and always wanted to write. i set out in 1927 to get to chicago. he spent almost his entire career. almost everything he wrote had to do with understanding the migrant exper
experience in washington. it was a national outpouring of people. >> just give us a brief synopsis of what the book is about. >> the book is about the migration experiences of three people that have become part of the larger whole, which was the defection of 6 million african americans from the south to the north, to the midwest and west from 1915, world war i until 1970. >> i went to a movie last weekend. they handed me this. i want to read it to you. every day, more migrants are coming into the cities to seek a better life for their children. the scale of this massive migration from the poor countryside to the burgeoning cities is unprecedented in human history. the migrants provide a cheap source of labor booming cities and the thriving economy is built on the backs of those citizens. do you have any idea what country that is? >> i am thinking the united states. i wrote this book with the idea that it would refer to almost every immigrant that crossed the atlantic or the pacific ocean in order to come here. >> it is the movie called "the last train home." they had 130 million migrants t
on that the wall street firms have become the dump money at the poker table. somehow, these firms that used to be the smart money, the last thing you wanted to do is be on the other side of solomon brothers trades. what had happened is that somehow the firm's had turned stupid. they became the dump money. -- dumb money. the question was, if they were the dumb money, who was the smart money? as he said that you let him to steven eisman. who is he and why was that important to this story? >> i think that his task was going to be different from what it originally was going to be. we started speaking in march of 2008. his perspective was fresh and he just wanted to learn. it was not until september 2008 that steve eisman was even mentioned during conversation. he asked me about investors that were involved in buying the brokers and investing in brokers and have now become demoralized by the spirit of the brokers and would never invest in brokers again. there was this group the was investing in brokerage companies, but there was also a group that invested in a different type of game. i told him
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